Bad Education
Bad Education (2004)

Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 60's. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries.… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: November 19, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A layered, wonderfully-acted, and passionate drama.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

In accounting for Almodóvar's identity as an artist and a man, Bad Education comes together like a bold and far-reaching summation of his career to date.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Taken at face value, Bad Education is about molestation, but from a wider perspective, it's about love, loss of innocence and the desperate quest for redemption.

Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Tragic story of church's betrayal; adults only.

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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture

It still exerts an uncanny power: Like the best of Almodóvar's work, it throws you a first-love sucker punch that will stagger your heart, mind, and soul.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Even though Bad Education ultimately seems to escape the director's control, there is no small amount of enjoyment in getting lost in its sexual-philosophical house of mirrors.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

A dazzling autobiographical blend of Almodovar's career, childhood, and adoration & admiration for the cinema.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Simple melodrama, a not-that-puzzling puzzle of a film noir.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Reality, fantasy and cinema interweave with such grace and power that it's often difficult to separate one from the other, which is, of course, the point.

Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)

...Almodovar's meta-movie teases us with Big Ideas about those of us who love our fantasies so much that we turn them into our realities.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A drag queen convinces a film director to shoot a film about his childhood molestation by a priest. As I'm exploring Almodovar's oeuvre, I'm… More
Lanning : )
So, Ssabee, I notice nothing in your comments that answers the most important question in the movie: beard or no beard? As Gael Garcia's number-one… More
Conner Rainwater
An amazing mystery/revenge story. I was totally blown away with the complex nature of the film. Almodovar's style really shines in this, due to the fact… More
Sophie Burgess
I really loved the story to this movie. It was well thought out and interesting. As well as being very funny it was also very sad and weird. Great performance… More
Randy Tippy
Murder, mayhem, transvestites and child molesting priests. I wonder where Pedro Almodóvar gets such wild ideas for his stories? Are they autobiographical?… More
Lady D'arbanville
A bizarre tale, which was a little confusing at times, but of course all makes sense eventually. It possibly requires more than one viewing though to really… More